I’m loathe to make the main talking point about the referee but what else are you supposed to do?
After being subjected to such woefully biased and unfit officiating I don’t blame those banding about the accusations of corruption.
How can Kevin Friend seriously think Raul’s challenge on Meslier was a bookable offence? It was a 50/50 challenge that both players had every right to go for, which resulted in an inevitable collision.
It seemed to me that Friend was desperate for Leeds to go unpunished with numerous first-half fouls, he then wanted to create a major talking point with Raul’s sending off, and the cherry on the cake was giving as much as possible to Leeds for the rest of the game.
And to see all their subs run across the pitch as the winner went in was frankly despicable. A night of chaos was always on the cards when you have a referee that is unable or unwilling to control a game of football. No wonder none of our refs are no longer fancied much by UEFA or FIFA.
I’m not excusing the woeful defending for all three goals – we rather lost our heads. And I’m normally the first one to call out the lads, but I actually don’t blame them for having their minds scrambled by a ref who was hell-bent on manipulating the outcome.
It was a mad-cap 106 minutes and I’m struggling to make sense of the actual intricacies of the match.
All I can say is that I thought Wolves followed the blueprint of the Watford performance in the first-half by starting off with plenty of intensity and that meant the chances and goals followed. To do so when proceedings were so stop-start and we lost Neves to injury made it even more impressive.
I’m just gutted, truly gutted. The three points were wrapped up until the sending off. 4 or 5-0 was on the cards.
Seventh and a Europa Conference League spot isn’t out of reach but tonight will take some getting over for all of us.